Hwaseong fortress in Suwon

Getty Images/iStockphoto


A popular day trip out of Seoul, sprawling Suwon (수원) is the largest city in Gyeonggi-do province, with World Heritage–listed fortifications still looping around its heart. Suwon almost became the country's capital in the 18th century, when Joseon dynasty ruler King Jeongjo built the 3.5-mile-long walls (5.7km) in 1794–96 ahead of moving the royal court south. However, the king died, power remained in Seoul, and Suwon ended up with one hell of a tourist sight. The city is located around 18.5 miles (30km) south of Seoul.


Must-see attractions


Latest stories from Suwon

Whimsical giraffe mural in Songwol-dong Fairytale Village. Image by Trent Holden / Lonely Planet


A guide to South Korea's most charming mural villages

Aug 28, 2015 • 4 min read

in partnership with getyourguide

Book popular activities in Suwon